In what promises to be one of the best books of the year, Harper Collins has announced they will be publishing Geddy Lee’s Big Book of Beautiful Bass this December. The Rush bassist will chronicle his personal collection of basses that range from the 1950s to the 1980s with commentary on each piece.
“It’s not surprising that sooner or later I’d dive down the proverbial rabbit hole into the world of vintage bass guitars,” says Lee.
The 408-page book will look at the history of the instrument with specially commissioned photography of 250 of Lee’s instruments including basses by Fender, Gibson/Epiphone, Rickenbacker, Höfner, Ampeg, Antonio Wandr Pioli, Dan Armstrong, Tony Zemaitis, and more. As if that’s not cool enough, it will also have interviews with some of the world’s best bassists: John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin); Adam Clayton (U2); Robert Trujillo (Metallica); Jeff Tweedy (Wilco); Bill Wyman (The Rolling Stones); Les Claypool (Primus); and Bob Daisley (Rainbow).
“Written in Geddy’s singular voice, this book reveals the stories, songs, and history behind the instruments of his inimitable collection,” the publisher writes. “Complete with an index and a graphically designed timeline of the history of the bass, as well as an up-close look at Geddy’s basses on Rush’s final R40 Tour, his stage and recording gear from 1968 to 2017, and forewords by author and respected vintage expert, Terry Foster, and Rush band member, Alex Lifeson, Geddy Lee’s Big Book of Beautiful Bass is the ultimate compendium for the consummate collector, musician, Rush fan, and anyone who loves the bass guitar.”
Geddy Lee’s Big Book of Beautiful Bass has a release date of December 4th, 2018. It’s available now for pre-order through Harper Collins for $60.